Kate Muse

kate-muse

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Academics

Contact Details

email: k.muse@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542689

Kate is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Worcester where she has been working since 2014. She has a background in psychological research and is especially interested in understanding factors that trigger and maintain emotional disorders and developing, evaluating, and disseminating effective treatments to alleviate psychological distress and promote well-being.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Sussex
  • PhD Psychology, University of Oxford (funded by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Worcester

Teaching & Research

Teaching

Kate is passionate about providing a high quality educational experience for students and has a particular interest in the use of technology enhanced learning strategies. She has conducted a number of research projects examining the impact of e-learning, blended learning, and student response systems to facilitate learning and promote student engagement.

This research has been disseminated across peer-reviewed journals and at national conferences focussing on learning and teaching (see publications tab for details).

Research

Kate’s research interests include the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based interventions for treating emotional disorders. She has also conducted a number of research projects examining factors which maintain health anxiety (hypochondriasis), including the role of safety-seeking behaviours and mental imagery.

More recently Kate’s work has focussed on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice, with a particular emphasis on the development of competence in the delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapies. She has experience of working within a range of methodological frameworks, including qualitative enquiry (IPA, thematic analysis, grounded theory), meta-synthesis, mixed-methods approaches, systematic reviews, scale development, case series, and randomised controlled trials.

Kate has been awarded funding from a range of sources including the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and Green Templeton College, University of Worcester Vacation Research Assistantship Scheme, University of Worcester Institute of Health and Society Research Outputs Facilitation Fund, and the University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Funding Scheme.

Kate’s research has been disseminated across high impact peer-reviewed journals and at international research and practitioner conferences (see publications tab for details).

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Publications

Teaching outputs

Davis, S., Walklet, E., Muse, K. & Farrelly, D. (2016, June). Using Student Response Systems in undergraduate teaching: a critical reflection. Presented at University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, Worcester.

Kyte, R., Muse, K., Barratt, A., Wager, D. (2017, June). Enhancing students’ study skills: development of an online resource. Presented at University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, Worcester.

Muse, K. & Scurlock-Evans, L. (2016, June). Using a blended learning approach to teach statistics to Psychology Undergraduates: student and staff perspectives. Presented at University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, Worcester.

Resende, S., Muse, K., & Harrop, G. (2017, June). Using scare tactics at University: Do fear-based appeals carry a persuasive message or scare students into avoidance and inaction. Presented at University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, Worcester.

Scurlock-Evans, L. & Muse, K., (2017). Using a blended learning approach to teach statistics to Psychology Undergraduates. Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology, London.

Solowiej, K., Muse, K., Tsvestanova, A., & Hartnett, J. (2017). How should employability be embedded in non-vocational undergraduate courses? Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching.

Walklet, E., Davis, S., Farrelly, D. & Muse, K. (2016). The impact of Student Response Systems on the learning experience of undergraduate psychology students. Psychology Teaching Review, 22(1), 35-48.

Walklet, E., Davis, S., Muse, K., & Farrelly, D. (2017). Technology Enhanced Learning in Psychology: Current Directions and Perspectives. Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching.

Research Papers 

Krusche, A., Rudolf von Rohr, I., Muse, K., Duggan, D., Crane, C., & Williams, J. M. G. (2014). An evaluation of the effectiveness of recruitment methods: The Staying Well after Depression Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials, 11(2), 141 - 149.

Kühne, F., Lacki, F. J., Muse, K., & Weck, F. (in press). Strengthening the competence of therapists-in-training in the treatment of health anxiety (hypochondriasis): Validation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS). Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.

McManus, F., Clark, G., Shafran, R., & Muse, K. (2014). Case series evaluating a transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioural treatment for co-occuring anxiety disorders: A case series. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 43(6), 744 – 458.

McManus, F., Leung, C., & Muse, K. (2014). Understanding ‘Cyberchondria’: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of the purpose, methods and impact of seeking health information online for those with health anxiety. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 7, e21.

McManus, F., Muse, K., & Surawy, C. (2011). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for severe health anxiety. Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal, 11, 19-23.

McManus, F., Muse, K., Surawy, C., & Williams, J. M. G. (2014). Relating differently to intrusive images: The impact of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on intrusive images in health anxiety (Hypochondriasis). Mindfulness, 6(4), 788 – 796.

McManus, F., Surawy, C., Muse, K., Vazquez-Montes, M., & Williams, J. M. G. (2012). A randomized clinical trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy versus unrestricted services for health anxiety (hypochondriasis). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 817-828.

Muse, K., & McManus, F. (2013). A systematic review of methods for assessing therapist competence in cognitive behavioural therapy. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 484–499.

Muse, K., & McManus, F. (2015). Expert insight into the assessment of CBT competence: A qualitative exploration of experts' experiences, opinions and recommendations. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 23(3), 246-259.

Muse, K., McManus, S., Rakovshik, S., & Thwaites, R. (2016). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS): An observation-based tool for assessing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy competence. Psychological Assessment, 29(5), 542-555.

Muse, K., McManus, F., Hackmann, A., Williams, M., & Williams, J. M. G. (2010). Intrusive imagery in severe health anxiety: Prevalence, nature and links with memories and maintenance cycles. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 792-798.

Muse, K., McManus, F., Leung, C., Meghreblian, B., & Williams, J. M. G. (2011). Cyberchondriasis: Fact or fiction? A preliminary examination of the relationship between health anxiety and searching for health information on the Internet. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 189–196.

Rakovshik, S., McManus, F., Vasquez-Montes, M, Muse, K., & Ougrin, D. (2016). Is supervision necessary? Examining the effects of internet-based CBT training with and without supervision. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(3), 191-199.

Surawy, C., McManus, F., Muse, K., & Williams, J. M. G. (2015). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for health anxiety (hypochondriasis): Rationale, implementation and case Illustration. Mindfulness, 6, 382 - 392.

Walklet, E., & Muse, K. (2016). Do Psychosocial Interventions Improve Quality of Life and Wellbeing in Adults with Neuromuscular Disorders? A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis. Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases, 3(3), 347-362.

Williams, J. M. G., Crane, C., Barnhofer, T., Brennan, K., Duggan, D., Fennell, M. J. V., Hackmann, A., Krusche, A., Muse, K . . .  Whitaker, C. J. (2014). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for preventing relapse in recurrent depression: A randomised dismantling trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(2), 275 – 286.

Williams, M., McManus, F., Muse, K., & Williams, J. M. G. (2011). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for severe health anxiety (hypochondriasis): An interpretative phenomenological analysis of patients’ experiences. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 50, 370-397

Academic Talks            

Davis, S., Walklet, E., Muse, K. & Farrelly, D. (2016, June). Using Student Response Systems in undergraduate teaching: a critical reflection. Presented at University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, Worcester.

Kennerley, H., Clohessy, S., Butler, G., Muse, K., & Rakovshik, S (2015, July). Super-vision: Seeing the Way Forward. Presenting at BABCP Annual Conference, Warwickshire.

Kennerley, H., Clohessy, S., Butler, G., Muse, K., & Rakovshik, S (2014, July). The evolution of the Supervisor Competency Scale. Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Birmingham.

McManus, & Muse, K (2014, July). Expert insight into the assessment of CBT competence: A qualitative exploration of experts' experiences, opinions and recommendations. Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Birmingham.

Muse, K., & McManus, F (2014, July). Reassurance seeking in the digital age: Does searching for health information on the Internet fuel health anxiety? Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Birmingham.

Muse, K., & McManus, F., & Rakovshik, S. (2014, July). The Assessment of Core CBT Skills (ACCS) – a new tool for assessing CBT competence. Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Birmingham.

Muse, K., & McManus, F. (2013, July). A review of methods for assessing therapist competence in cognitive behavioural therapy. Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, London.

Muse, K., McManus, F., Leung, C., & Williams, J.M.G. (2011, August). Cyberchondriasis: Fact of fiction? A preliminary examination of the relationship between online health information seeking and health anxiety. Presented at EABCT Annual Conference, Reykjavik.

Muse, K., McManus, F., Surawy, C., Hackmann, A., & Williams, J.M.G. (2011, August). Intrusive imagery in health anxiety: Nature, prevalence and treatment. Presented at EABCT Annual Conference, Reykjavik.

Muse, K., McManus, F., & Williams, J. M. G. (2010, July). Relating differently to intrusive images: The impact of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on intrusive images in health anxiety (Hypochondriasis). Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Manchester.

Muse, K., McManus, F., & Williams, J. M. G. (2010, March). Intrusive imagery in health anxiety: Current research and future directions. Invited speaker at UK imagery special interest group meeting, Oxford.

Muse, K., McManus, F., Hackmann, A., Williams, M., & Williams, J. M. G. (2009, July). Intrusive imagery in health anxiety: Nature, prevalence and links to memory. Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Exeter      

Muse, K. & Scurlock-Evans, L. (2016, June). Using a blended learning approach to teach statistics to Psychology Undergraduates: student and staff perspectives. Presented at University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference, Worcester.

Rakovshik, S., Kennerley, H., & Muse, K. (2016, June). Socratic Methods: What do we mean and how is this measured? Presented at BABCP Annual Conference, Belfast.

 

Poster Presentations

Muse, K., & McManus, F. (2012, June). A qualitative analysis of experts’ experiences of how CBT competence is conceptualised and assessed. Poster session presented at BABCP Conference, Leeds.

Muse, K., McManus, F., & Williams, J. M. G. (2010, June). Relating differently to intrusive images: The impact of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on intrusive images in health anxiety (Hypochondriasis). Poster session presented at WCBCT Conference, Boston.

Muse, K., McManus, F., Hackmann, A., Williams, M., & Williams, J. M. G. (2010, January). Intrusive imagery in health anxiety: Nature, prevalence and links to memory. Poster session presented at University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry Closed Meeting, Oxford.

Walklet, E., & Muse, K. (2016, July). Psychosocial interventions for quality of life and wellbeing in adults with neuromuscular disorders: systematic review. Presented at European health psychology society conference: Aberdeen.